Why are you Studying Polish?
I would be interested in hearing why you are studying Polish. I think it is a unique language on Duolingo and I would like to know why you are studying it.
I simply love it for its complexity, its challenging nature, and its beauty (...oh, and it makes all my other languages a breeze to learn after a session with Polish grammar!).
Haha, 'the complexity.' Cases seem like a challenge to me, but I would suggest going and learning some arabic grammar. I think it is different, but challenging; and it isn't so much the grammar, just structuring words in the root system, identifying meaning, then making the sounds is complex. That is something I definitely noticed when I was studying arabic: contrast.
Why do you think it is beautiful?
And where would you say your capacity is at in the language?
What interests you about slavic languages? Roots? That would be my guess. Also, how is your russian and polish capacity?
So i can understand and talk with the people when i am on vacation in Poland
I am from Holland, so my native language is dutch. I finished the tree the first time a couple of months ago and then did all the lessons all again. Yesterday i came back from a short vacation in Poland and in the stores i always try to communicate as best as i can in Polish. Its hard to understand every word, especially when they talk so fast, but with even a few words i recognize i try to understand what they mean. I love the mountains in the south for vacations like Karpacz, Szklarska Poręba, Zakopane etc. and went there this week for the fouth time this year. At home i listen to Radio ZET, Łzy, Brathanki and if available Polish subtitle on the television. But it stays a hard but beautiful language to learn.
Very cool to hear. It is inspiring and impressive what you have learned. I enjoy hearing how you use the language; it is inspiring to me because I love getting to utilize the language skills I have, especially from somewhere like duolingo. Polish looked interesting to me because it doesn't have a cyrillic script, I have some interest in eastern europe (descendents come from russians, one of whom is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Kerensky . I am unsure if I will learn polish, but thank you for sharing.
I was once able to utilize the french I learned on Duolingo to talk with a Belgian couple in Rural Costa Rica. It was interesting. And I can write to my portuguese friends in part because of duolingo.
Do you have any advice for learning it?
I write a lot down on paper, if i hear a song that i like search the text on the internet and write down the lyrics and translate them. Most of the words and sentences are new for me or in a different context than you find here on duolingo, and if you hear that song many times over and over, you remember automatically most of those words or structure of a sentence when you talk to a person. For me a word is easier to remember if i wrote it down.
Smart. And that makes sense. I had been reading arabic kids books for a while and reading it a lot, not knowing all the words, I had internalized some of the words. Same goes for some Arabic kids programs.
Ok. How well do you think you can communicate now, what is your native language, and where are you along in the tree?
i have just done a couple of exercises in Polish so far, only, and found that it is likely to be extremely difficult for me to pick up and I am really focussed on improving my Italian. However, I am likely to give it some more effort soon, as I would love to be able to say some thing in Polish to some of the many Polish people that I meet both at work and in the general community as there are now many Polish people here in England.
A question that I can answer, it is because I have a soft spot for Slavic languages. I'm planning to learn Czech when I finish the Polish tree, and can understand it quite well. However there's only one part of the language that I struggle with, the grammatical cases! It's not unusual, as many Polish learners here have also struggled with the complexity of cases. However, there's some words in the language that is similar to English, e.g. Radio - Radio, Sofa-Sofa, Nie - No and Mnie - Me. Ta-da! Also, there's lots of Polish speakers here in Scotland.
Do you speak any other languages besides english? The cases seem like they would be a stand out for me as well; I have not learned any slavic languages before, and my knowledge of case stems from my study of Arabic...
To know what my boyfriend is saying and to call each other by polish nicknames!
I learned because it is a beautiful language and my family is Polish, I would love to visit Poland and live their someday!
Just for fun! Somehow I thought I could learn Polish faster as a Germen learner, which turned out to be completely wrong, but instead I got to know its own charms, got fascinated, and settled down.
I wanted to learn a second language, and the only thing impacting my choice was the desire to travel. Polish had just popped up in beta on Duolingo and it looked interesting. Travelling to Poland seemed like a fun idea, and there's the neat perk of at some point in the future being able to read some Polish literature (such as Stanisław Lem).
Why Poland of all places? And what other languages do you speak? I am guessing you are european.
As an Australian, I speak only English (my US symbol is Polish->English). I certainly wanted the country to which I would travel to be somewhere in Europe, not small and rich in history. This leaves plenty open, but now having thought about it more, there was a part of me that didn't want the language to be very close to English (basically, I ruled out the germanics and romantics). At the same time, I was scared to stray from my precious alphabet, and Polish/Poland fit all this criteria quite neatly.
I used to live there but never had the time to learn - I want to go back and surprise my polish friends!
Neat. People tend to use duolingo after vacations, in the same way you want to continue to learn after some exposure.
Polish is my ancestry and i would love to visit someday. When I do I would like to be able to understand and discuss things with the local people. Duolingo is step one of that process
My parents are Polish. I knew it when I was very young but never used it and so now I am making an effort to know it and appreciate my heritage more! It is such a complicated language! I hope that someday my children will learn Polish too...when I have them...hahaha